Saturday, October 24, 2009
The Lace Reader - Brunonia Barry
I'm confused. Its been a few hours since I finished The Lace Reader by Brunonia Barry and I am still mulling it over, because I'm not quite sure what really happened in the story. And to be frank, I'm not sure whether or not I liked the book. There were times when I was reading it that I became more and more interested in seeing where the story was going, but then something would happen that would throw me off a bit and then I wasn't really sure I wanted to know what would happen next. The writing itself was good, but I'll be honest and admit that I didn't care much for the excerpts from The Lace Reading Guide that were included at the beginning of each chapter. The plot itself is a bit puzzling because of the way it unfolds, although I do think that from the beginning we have some suspicion as to what really happened in certain storylines. At the beginning of the book we are introduced to the main protagonist, Towner Whitney (aka Sophya), who declares herself to be a liar and a bit of a crazy woman; thereby assuring the reader not to take what Towner claims to be truth to heart. And so the story begins with the disappearance of Eva, Towner's unofficial mother who has cared for her and Beezer (Towner's brother?) since the day their mother May decided to live on Yellow Dog Island. Upon her return home, Towner is forced to deal with her past and her family and everything that she ran away from. From domestic violence to issues with insanity, the author touches upon numerous topics that connect with each other in so many ways. The characters utilize the art of reading lace as a means to learn about the past and future, which I found to be a useful plot device. However, there was not much I really enjoyed about the book. Towards the end when the truth was revealed I wasn't surprised by it, so much as I was disappointed with it. This is definitely not a book I would recommend to friends. All in all, another book to cross off of my list for the Clear Your Shelves Challenge. Here's to hoping the next book I read is a good one. Happy reading!!